Vitality - Healthy Aging NewsletterSpring 2013

Cataract Symptoms

If it seems as though you’re looking through a foggy windshield and have a hard time reading or doing close work, you may have cataracts.

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Additional symptoms include cloudy, fuzzy, or blurred vision; decreased night vision; sensitivity to light and glare; seeing "halos" around lights; and double vision in a single eye.
By the time we reach age 75, most of us will have cataracts. These form when proteins in the lens begin to break down. At first, changing your eyeglasses prescription, using a magnifying lens, or increasing lighting may help. But eventually, most cataracts need to be surgically removed. Today, this minimally invasive surgery is done on an outpatient basis, and recovery time is short.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, or have concerns, schedule an eye exam.

Although cataracts can't be prevented, you may be able to slow their formation by wearing sunglasses, stopping smoking, controlling your diabetes, and protecting your eyes from inflammation or injury.

Read more about cataracts.

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